Wednesday 29 October 2014

October Jams

2014 has been pretty slow so far music-wise, so I was pretty surprised to find three albums I'd been waiting for ready to download in October. These came in the form of Ben Howard's 'I Forget Where We Were', Jessie Ware's 'Tough Love' and Taylor Swift's '1989'. (A quick aside: I don't like Taylor Swift, but, as I'm sure you'll have realised by now, I have quite strong opinions and like arguing. I therefore feel like I have to at least listen to her music to be able to intelligently argue my hatred. Cool, glad we cleared that up.)

I Forget Where We Were | Ben Howard

Ben's first album 'Every Kingdom' was incredible, so I had very high hopes for album number two. It's unfortunate then that I have to say that it didn't live up to my expectations. I think Every Kingdom was a lot more accessible, every song sounded like a single, whereas for this album it just feels like Ben is making the music he wants to make, with no thought of success or anything. This is great, obviously, but I'm selfish and would've liked another 'Only Love' at least. With all that said though, it is still a very good album, and I could listen to Ben's voice forever. 

Listen To:
  1. Rivers In Your Mouth

Tough Love | Jessie Ware

You can tell it's a great album when you struggle to choose the top three songs. The only bad thing I can say about this album is that the lyrics are very simple; they are quite predictable, and rarely include a word that's over two syllables. However, I don't know if I'd have picked up on this had I not been listening to Girls by The 1975 on repeat for the past 6 months. This is a really great album, better than her last, and can see myself listening to this a lot over the next few months. 

Listen To:
  1. Champagne Kisses
  2. Kind of ... Sometimes ... Maybe
  3. Say You Love Me (can you recognise the voice leading the choir?)
1989 | Taylor Swift 

Ok, so I'll admit that my hatred of Taylor Swift is pretty unfounded, she just really gets on my nerves and I want to punch her in the face. I've downloaded each of her albums over the years, and do tend to like about three or four songs on each, a tradition that's continued with this album. However, I think that there are more bad songs on this album that on her previous ones, and it does feel like she's trying too hard to be original and it's not really working. 

Listen To:
  1. Style
Skip: (the rest of the album, but especially these two)
  1. Welcome To New York
  2. Bad Blood

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